AUBURN, Ala. — Count 5-star true freshman offensive tackle Calvin Ashley among the several Auburn football players who are nursing minor injuries during fall camp.
Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand didn’t sound too concerned about Ashley’s injury Thursday morning. Ashley wasn’t dressed out in the Tigers’ Tuesday practice — the last fall one that is open to the media.
“He’s doing good,” Hand said. “It’s a physical camp. Guys get little nicks and things. But he’s fine.”
Ashley joined defensive linemen Marlon Davidson and Andrew Williams on the sidelines at Monday’s practice. Members of Auburn’s coaching staff have said the injuries to all three players aren’t serious.
Hand said Thursday he was not sure if Ashley would participate in Auburn’s second scrimmage this Saturday. Ashley, who signed with Auburn in February as the team’s highest-rated incoming freshman, impressed Monday in the Tigers’ first scrimmage of fall camp.
“He had a really good scrimmage the other day, particularly for a guy who’s been there for five or six practices,” Hand said. “But he’s still a freshman. He’s got a long way to go, just like everybody else.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said throughout the offseason the Tigers might play Ashley as a true freshman in 2017, even if he doesn’t win a starting left tackle job over Darius James or Prince Tega Wanogho.
Malzahn said Auburn wants to avoid what happened with Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall draft pick who left the program after his redshirt sophomore season.
On Thursday morning, Hand wasn’t ready to say if Ashley would for sure play this fall.
“Everybody’s different,” Hand said. “I mean, we’ve got a long way to go to sort that stuff out.”